Drones on the Job

Understanding the risks

Liberty Mutual Insurance | Construction





Drones are helping construction companies operate faster, cheaper and safer. Before you integrate a drone into your operations, understand the rules, regulations, and risks.





Understanding the Risk

Consider the following before using drone technology on a construction site.



Liability

• Have you implemented all possible safeguards including those required by the FAA to prevent injury to the public?

• Do you have business partners and clients that rely on footage shot by the drone?

Aviation

• Does the size of your drone warrant separate aviation coverage?

• Has a preflight check of the UAS been performed to ensure it is condition for safe operation?

Property

• What happens if there is an accident involving your drone and your property? A vendor’s property? An employee’s property?

• If the drone malfunctions, is there a business interruption risk?

People

• Are drone operators properly trained and certified to fly a drone?

• Are precautions being taken to ensure that the drone is not being flown over persons not directly participating in the drone operation?

Privacy

• Is there a risk of anyone using the drone to spy on individuals?

• Do you know local privacy laws for operation of the drone?

Operations

• Do you have trained drone pilots?

• Do you have operations that rely on footage that the drone procures?

• Do you have a process in place to evaluate the risks associated with the operation of the drone on your site?

Cyber

• Is there a risk of your UAS being hacked and controlled by a third party?

Construction Risk

• If you’re using a vendor for drone operations, do they have adequate coverage if something goes wrong?
• Have you vetted the drone vendor?

Buy Your Own vs. Use a Vendor?

Consider the Following:





How drones are being
used today



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IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN DRONE HISTORY



1960
U.S. Air Force establishes highly classified UAV program

1994
The RQ-1 Predator made its first test flight1

2007
FAA prohibits the use of drones for commercial use2

2013
Deutche Poste in Germany delivered the first civilian package. Jeff Bezos announces that Amazon is testing the use of drones to deliver packages3

2015
Man arrested while allegedly trying to fly a drone over the White House fence4






VOCABULARY



FAA
Federal Aviation
Administration
UAS
Unmanned
Aircraft Systems
COA
Certificate of
Authorization
VLOS
Visual Line of
Sight
NTIA
National
Telecommunications
and Information Administration

Regulations: A Primer

As drone regulations continue to evolve, check for changes in your local, state, and federal regulations regularly. The most recent federal guidelines are at http://www.faa.gov/uas/

You must follow the latest regulations including:


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Preflight Checklist


Prior to conducting UAS operations we recommend completing a preflight checklist and conducting a preplanning meeting. Download preplanning guidelines here.